My sound bar is grayed out again

I have an early MBP 2009. Last week I lost control of my internal speakers and I can't adjust the volume from zero and the bar is grayed out. Last week I fixed it by running the last software update for 10.7. Now my sound bar is grayed out again. I am not sure what to do to fix this. I don't want to keep running the updater since it ttakes so long and I loose productivity.
Any suggestions? Is this a bug that needs fixed by Apple?

1. Reset PRAM.   http://support.apple.com/kb/PH4405
2. Reset SMC.     http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964
    Choose the method for:
    "Resetting SMC on portables with a battery you should not remove on your own".
3. If you see red light in the headphone port, plug the headphone into and out of the headphone port
    to flip the microswitch inside the port.

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